Across from our gate at SFO Terminal 3, I was able to procure Blue Bottle decaf drip from an artisanal yogurt shop. Being on the road suits me more and more these days. #blessed
I joke, but I'm also mostly serious — it is a modern luxury to zip around the country, around the world. And to have all of your creature comforts easily available to you.
My little cycling club had a pre-Xmas ride, after which we convened for coffee at our coffee shop "sponsor," Andytown, in the Outer Sunset neighborhood of San Francisco.
We caught up with a friend who had been on the road in Europe for three weeks. Tales of Michelin-starred restaurants, third-wave coffee and the ease of visitor-friendly cities allowed for those very creature comforts. As Tyler said, "I could move to Berlin right now from San Francisco, and there'd be no disruption to my lifestyle...aside from the cold."
And that's the crux of the issue for me: that the eyes are laser-focused on the Western world (particularly the U.S.), that the homogeny of the world makes for easy-peasy traveling, but increasingly inhibits a true understanding or ability to dive deep within a native culture. You remain on the surface, floating.
As the world discovers more and more of the special places, it will be even harder to find authentic, quiet spots that have retained a sense of history and that command respect and awe from those who visit.
We just have to try a little harder, go a little farther and be willing to adventure (be uncomfortable) to find the unspoiled places now.
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